Rugby community farewells former All Black Dylan Mika

first_imgPhoto/ 1 News. Caption: Dylan Mika in a test against the Wallabies. The 45-year-old New Zealand born athlete lived with type one diabetes throughout most of his rugby career and died from a suspected heart failure last week. Former Black Fern Vania Wolfgramme says NZ Rugby has been inundated with tributes for the late Dylan Mika.”Probably one of our rare talents… He played over 50 games for Auckland and captained the team, two tests for the Manu, seven test matches for the All Blacks. You know when they say ‘Grow in the game and go back to your roots,’ he was one of those men.”The public service for Dylan Mika was held at Eden Park.last_img

NLEX hopes to get back at Korea’s Etland in battle for 3rd

first_imgMOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Guiao said their newfound awareness of the Koreans will help them in the bronze medal game, while veteran center Asi Taulava knows one way to counteract the Elephants’ shooting.“If we can salvage third place that’d be great but we like our chances and I love these guys as long as they have this fighting heart we’ll get better,” said Taulava, who has been shooting 33.3 percent from deep in the tournament. “We’re showing more heart now than we did last [PBA] conference and I got to love that.”“The more you get used to their style, the better you react,” said Guiao. “The first time we faced them, our reaction time had a split-second delay and if you give them that extra time they will make shots. We’re hoping to react better defensively.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo from Asia League Facebook.MACAU—NLEX missed out on a shot at the Asia League Super 8 title when it lost to Guangzhou, 75-63, in the semifinals Saturday at Macau East Asian Games Dome here.The Road Warriors, though, still have a chance at the bronze medal on Sunday when it faces Etland, a team that defeated them, 75-60, in the group stages.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Head coach Yeng Guiao they won’t just play for the last podium finish but they will head into their duel against the Elephants with retribution in mind.“They beat in our second game here, and we feel that you learn something every time you play the Korean teams,” said Guiao. “And it’s not just enough that you learn, but it will be sweeter if you learn and beat them at the same time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We’ll try to win third place and get a podium finish, at least that’s going to be good enough for us,” added Guiao.The Road Warriors got pummeled in its previous game against Etland when the Elephants made 15 3-pointers giving them their only loss of the group stage. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

USOC moves to shut down USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thunder win fifth straight, lose Westbrook to sprained ankle Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The announcement comes only days after the U.S. team brought home nine medals from the World Championships in the first major meet in the lead-up to Tokyo in 2020. Five of those were individual medals won by Olympic champion Simone Biles, who is among the athletes who have not hesitated to criticize the organization.By moving to decertify USA Gymnastics, the USOC is taking major action against an organization that never grasped control over its own rebuilding. But the move could also leave a void that cannot be easily filled. In addition to supporting elite and Olympic athletes, and selecting teams and coaches for international competitions, USA Gymnastics serves more than 150,000 athletes in 3,000 clubs around the country. There is no other organization standing by to fill that need.“Seeking to revoke recognition is not a decision that we have come to easily, but I believe it is the right action,” Hirshland said. “In the short-term, we will work to ensure that America’s gymnasts have the support necessary to excel on and off the field of play. We are building plans to do just that no matter the outcome of the revocation process.”The federal law that governs the USOC gives the federation final say on which organizations represent each sport at the Olympics, and also establishes a process to decertify the organizations. But that process is used only under the most extreme circumstances. One example came in 1994 when the USOC recommended decertifying the NRA as the governing body for shooting, and the NRA accepted the decision. The USOC also has dictated changes and placed its own administrators in charge of smaller NGBs in need of overhauls. The USOC could take a major role in shaping, even possibly running, whatever agency takes USA Gymnastics’ place.Hirshland said she has given USA Gymnastics the option of surrendering its recognition voluntarily, though there was no indication of which direction USAG would go. It issued a statement saying it was looking at the USOC letter “and is evaluating the best path forward for our athletes, professional members, the organization and staff.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The statement detailed the challenges the new board has faced since taking over in June.It is in search of its fourth president and CEO in the last 19 months thanks to a series of resignations, all of them under pressure from the USOC or the gymnastics’ community at large.Penny — named as a co-defendant in several civil lawsuits filed by former elite gymnasts— stepped down in March 2017. He was arrested last month and charged with destroying or hiding documents related to Nassar’s activities at the Karolyi Ranch, the ex-national training center near Huntsville, Texas, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them.The organization named Perry as Penny’s replacement but her tenure lasted barely nine months. She was criticized by several high-profile gymnasts, Biles included, for failing to offer a clear vision on the way forward and quit in September.Her resignation came shortly after the hiring, then quick removal, of Mary Lee Tracy as elite development coordinator; Tracy had been supportive of Nassar when the allegations first surfaced.USA Gymnastics brought on former U.S. Representative Mary Bono to serve as interim president and CEO last month. Bono didn’t last a week, stepping away after drawing criticism for an Instagram post she made shortly before she was hired that was critical of Nike placing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the forefront of a marketing campaign.All these moves simply added fuel to those who were seeking the total dismantling of USAG.Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, the first gymnast to sue USAG, said she grew tired of USAG’s “cynical PR statements about how much they care about athletes.”“It is time for this organization to be replaced,” she said. “My only regret is that it has taken the U.S. Olympic Committee so long to act.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The USOC itself also has faced criticism for not responding quickly and appropriately to sex abuse cases, and though the move was cheered by the gymnast whose own revelations helped propel Nassar’s years of abuse to the fore — “THANK YOU,” tweeted Rachel Denhollander — others viewed it as a ploy to shift blame for the scandal.“Today’s announcement by USOC seeks only to deflect from their total failure over decades to protect the gymnasts in their care,” said a statement from attorneys Michelle Simpson Tuegel and Mo Aziz, who represent Olympian Tasha Schwikert and her sister, Jordan, in their lawsuit against USAG and the USOC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissEarlier this year, the USOC said it was seeking to remove itself as a defendant from a number of lawsuits — including those filed by gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman — claiming Nassar never worked for the federation, nor were his crimes foreseeable by the USOC. The lawsuits claim the USOC, as the umbrella organization that oversees USA Gymnastics, should have done more when it learned of the abuse.It did push for new leadership at USA Gymnastics, but even with a new board of directors that started in June, the organization made repeated mistakes while dealing with the aftermath of revelations that the now-imprisoned Nassar molested Olympians while working as a volunteer. Those included the botched hiring of a program coordinator and an interim CEO to replace Kerry Perry, who lasted barely nine months on the job after the USOC forced out Steve Penny. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Kerry Perry, president of USA Gymnastics, speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington. The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. The organization, even with a newly constructed board of directors, made repeated mistakes after the revelations Nassar molested Olympians while working as a volunteer. They included the botched hiring of a program coordinator and an interim CEO to replace Perry, who lasted less than a year on the job. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)The U.S. Olympic Committee took steps Monday to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing to pursue the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.In an open letter to the gymnastics community, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said “you deserve better,” and that the challenges facing USA Gymnastics are more than it is capable of overcoming as currently constructed.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Prez Sirleaf to Launch Decentralization Platform in Gbarnga Today

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will today launch the decentralization platform in Gbarnga, Bong County.Local officials from across the country, including superintendents, assistant superintendents for development, assistant superintendents for fiscal affairs, statutory superintendents, district commissioners as well as deputy ministers from the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Finance and Planning Development, autonomous and government agencies are in Gbarnga holding a national orientation workshop to set the stage for the decentralization of critical government services in the country.Relevant topics discussed at the gathering include, presentation of the draft LGA-Implication for local administrative structure and roles of superintendents in a decentralized system of governance, the superintendent as CEO, leadership coordination in the context of the implementation of the decentralization platform and county development agenda and presentation on the county treasury framework/fiscal decentralization, among others.The workshop is categorized by questions and answers, group discussions and presentations and a resolution that will be adopted at the close of the event on Saturday February 21, for the effectiveness of the decentralization programme.       Speaking to the Daily Observer following the formal opening of the orientation workshop for local officials, the National Programme Director of the National Decentralization Implementation Secretariat at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dr. Roosevelt Jayjay, said the primary objective of the decentralization platform is to create the basis to carry government services closer to the people in the leeward counties.Dr. Jayjay informed this newspaper that for too long government services have been heavily concentrated in Monrovia, leaving ordinary citizens out of the decision making process.He maintained that the decentralization platform will ensure that certain services hitherto carried out from Monrovia will now, beginning 2015, be handled at a local level, bringing them closer to the people in the counties, with the consent and involvement of the local officials at the county level.Dr. Jayjay named the issuance of drivers’ licenses, marriage licenses, birth certificates, and labor inspection as some of the initial decentralization services to start with, after the launch of the decentralization platform.Dr. Jayjay said the decentralization process will benefit citizens living in the leeward counties to get easy access to government services rather than leaving their counties to travel to Monrovia to obtain a single document. This will also reduce the cost of government operations.He further said that the process will redefine the roles of county superintendents who will now assume new nomenclature as county chief executive officers.It may be recalled that in 2011, in Salala, Bong County the Government of Liberia launched what it called a policy document known as the “decentralization policy” that would guarantee that government takes its services to the people that would provide the platform for local citizens to elect county superintendents, the county legislative assembly and other local officials.Since the formation of this country, the government has had an age old centralized system with all developments emanating from Monrovia before reaching the interior.The decentralization program is the brainchild of the Governance Commission with the necessary support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Liberia (GOL).  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

County pension artists

first_imgAs part of the investigation, the supervisors asked the firm to analyze 35 cases to determine whether any were fraudulent. The firm found no cases of outright fraud – defined as deliberate attempts to qualify for benefits that cannot be supported by doctors. But investigators found four disability pensions whose justifications, they said, “contradicted” the original intent of a law granting disability pensions. Buck Consultants said case law concerning disability pensions has gradually allowed more employees to qualify than was originally intended by a 1937 law that still governs pensions. The law was designed to allow incapacitated public employees to be replaced by capable employees. In two of the cases reviewed by Buck, the connection between the injury and the job was minimal, analysts said. Another case involved an employee who not only received a disability retirement at an advanced age, but whose main reason for the disability was the “aging process,” investigators said. Very little of the disability was work-related. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters retire on disability pensions at a nearly 50 percent higher rate than their counterparts in 19 other California counties, according to a report released Monday. The 73-page report by Buck Consultants comes more than two years after the Board of Supervisors ordered an investigation into whether employees were fraudulently obtaining lucrative disability pensions. The supervisors ordered the investigation after the Daily News revealed that an average of 79 percent of firefighters and 56 percent of sheriff’s deputies received job-related disability retirements in the decade prior to 2005. “There really is a culture of maximizing benefits,” county Risk Manager Rocky Armfield said. “And the employees are very good at it.” In the fourth case, a firefighter who retired on a disability pension started a new job within days of leaving the department. “It seems to us that the level of sophistication is higher in Los Angeles County regarding how to scam the system,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “I think it’s probably not surprising when you have an entrenched bureaucracy like this with union leadership who encourage this kind of activity.” Employees savvy Armfield said safety employees are well aware of the advantages of obtaining job-related disability pensions, half of which are tax-free. The job-related disability pays a minimum of 50 percent of an employee’s compensation, while a non-job-related disability pays about 33 percent. And when the employee dies, the spouse receives 100 percent of the final pay, instead of 65 percent. “So you can easily see why it would be economically wise for safety members to at least apply,” Armfield said. “There is no illegal activity in applying. They are simply seeing if they will be granted the disability, and if they are, there is a tremendous upside economically.” Also, Armfield said an “informal infrastructure” has developed over the years involving law firms, doctors and employee unions that assist safety employees late in their careers in applying for disability pensions. The report found that as of June 2004, 61 percent of county safety employees retired on job-related disability pensions. In the 19 other counties, the percentage was 33 percent. Standard liberal The report also found that the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association applied a more liberal standard in deciding when to grant disability pensions, approving job-related disability pensions for 53 percent of applicants in 2003-04, compared with 18 percent in 15 other counties. Among the 35 disability pension cases reviewed, the investigators found four filed after the applicant turned 60, and 11 filed within 90 days of retirement, suggesting that the employees were timing their applications to coincide with their normal retirement dates. On the bright side, the report found a large number of employees who had filed workers’ compensation claims were persuaded to come back to work on light duty. As a result, the costs associated with employees who file claims shortly before retirement have dropped from $49 million in 2003 to $37 million in 2005. Still, investigators found a common practice among county employees approaching retirement of “spiking” their final pay with unused vacation, sick leave and other one-time payments. Investigators said it is not difficult to get injury claims approved, citing examples of workers injured by tripping over a file cabinet, bending under a desk, lifting a ladder and falling off a bicycle while off-duty. “The disability threshold is very, very low,” Armfield said. “It’s diminutive to the point if you apply with any good justifiable medical reason allowed under the act, there is a good chance you’ll get it.” To help reduce soaring pension costs, Buck Consulting recommended legislative changes to reform the 1937 law back to its original intent and encouraged the sheriff and county Fire Department officials to return more injured employees to work in light-duty jobs. But investigators wrote in the report that reducing the number of disability pensions will be challenging when many safety employees possess “extensive knowledge and understanding” and a “well-established external support network” to help them file for disability pensions. It will be difficult to reform the 1937 law, wrote county Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen, noting that legislation passed last year will further increase the number of disability pension applications. That law enables safety employees to receive a 100 percent disability pension even though factors unrelated to work caused a significant portion of their permanent injuries, Janssen wrote. (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kane rescues Spurs with late winner at Palace

first_img0Shares0000Harry Kane’s 24th Premier League goal of the season gave Tottenham all three points © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 25 – Harry Kane struck late to secure Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Sunday that moved Mauricio Pochettino’s side into the top four immediately ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Manchester United.Spurs appeared set for disappointment after struggling to break down a Crystal Palace fighting to move clear of the relegation places. But Kane finally found the breakthrough on 88 minutes, meeting Christian Eriksen’s corner at the far post and directing a header past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who should have done better after getting a firm hand to the ball.“We left that very late. I thought it weren’t going to be our day, because we had a few chances, especially me…but we kept going until the end and eventually got our rewards,” Kane said after netting his 35th goal of the season.The win pushed Pochettino’s men two points above Chelsea and while they knew the positions could be reversed by the end of the day, they could be satisfied they had increased the pressure on Antonio Conte’s side.Pochettino made 10 changes to the side that drew with Rochdale in the FA Cup seven days previously but the more significant fact was that his line-up showed just one change to the team that drew at Juventus in the Champions League.The withdrawal of Jan Vertonghen after the centre-back picked up a knock in training the day before the game meant Eric Dier slotted in alongside Davinson Sanchez in central defence in an otherwise familiar Spurs line-up.By contrast, Hodgson’s hand was forced by the absence of 12 senior players, leaving the Crystal Palace manager with few options.Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 20, came in at right-back for his senior debut and the depth of the home side’s injury problems was reflected on the substitutes’ bench where four of the seven replacements had yet to make a Premier League appearance for the club.The makeshift nature of the Palace line-up was reflected in a disjointed start that could have seen Tottenham three up inside 16 minutes had the visitors made more of a succession of defensive errors.– Early chances –Ben Davies should have done better after Andros Townsend unexpectedly failed to clear Eriksen’s free-kick although the left-back insisted he had a strong claim for a penalty after colliding with Hennessey.Then two minutes later, an even better opportunity fell to Kane who was uncharacteristically wasteful when Patrick van Aanholt sliced a clearance into the forward’s path. Kane was only eight yards out but placed his shot too close to Hennessey who diverted the effort over the bar.A third Palace error allowed Dele Alli to evade the offside trap and collect Eriksen’s floated ball over the top but the England midfielder rushed his attempt to direct a header over the onrushing Hennessey.It seemed only a matter of time before Palace’s defence would be unpicked and Timothy Fosu-Mensah was fortunate an offside flag meant his clear foul on Kane inside the home area went unpunished.But Hodgson’s side grew in confidence and began to cut out the mistakes as the first half progressed.They offered little going forward, but by getting bodies behind the ball, the home side halted a succession of Tottenham attacking moves, leaving Kane frustrated at the lack of opportunities to come his way.A sliced shot that flew high and wide by Kane early in the second half confirmed things were not going the visitors’ way. And having withstood the early pressure, Palace began to appear increasingly threatening on the counter-attack, without ever managing to test keeper Hugo Lloris.Alexander Sorloth, the striker signed during the last transfer window, led two breaks that ensured Tottenham were forced to apply a degree of caution as they pursued the breakthrough.But the visitors’ frustration was compounded when a third penalty appeal was rejected, this time after Alli went to ground following a clumsy challenge by Van Aanholt, before relief came in the form of Kane’s header.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Gray warns Aston Villa squad: New boss Sherwood is harder than Keane!

first_imgAndy Gray has warned the Aston Villa squad they are in for a tough time under Tim Sherwood – because he is harder than Roy Keane.The former Manchester United midfielder worked as Paul Lambert’s assistant manager earlier this season, but left his post after rumours of a bust-up with senior players.Ex-Tottenham boss Sherwood has been handed the reins at Villa Park, following the Scot’s departure, with the club placed perilously in the Premier League table.A half-time team-talk from the 46-year-old, during the FA Cup clash with Leicester City on Sunday afternoon, inspired the Villans to a 2-1 victory.And former favourite Gray insists the squad must adapt to the ex-Spurs chief’s methods quickly if they’re to save their season.“Tim is a very good choice for Aston Villa,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He doesn’t suffer fools gladly.“If the Aston Villa players thought Roy Keane was hard on them then be prepared [for Tim]. He’s a guy who is going to demand every single thing from you.“I’m really pleased about the changes Aston Villa have made. I’m sure Paul Lambert will go on and become a really great manager somewhere else, he just wasn’t the right fit for Villa. A change had to be made.“Sometimes you just need a change for change sake. You need to hear a different voice, you need to have someone come in and tell you something differently from what you’ve been used to. New ideas will help them on the training ground.”last_img read more

Water rationing, rate hikes on tap for SoCal

first_imgMWD officials also are talking about water rationing for the first time since 1991 even as the agency has spent $6 million this year encouraging people to conserve water. “We’re dealing with 28 percent of normal (rainfall) and it would be very tough to handle another year without some serious shortage allocation (or rationing),” said MWD Board of Directors Chairman Timothy Brick. Brick said this year the agency for the first time also is withdrawing a significant supply from its stored water in reservoirs and groundwater, pulling out 500,000 acre feet of water – enough for 1million families. Still, MWD officials said they might need to raise wholesale water rates 5 percent to 10 percent in 2009 to pay for water purchases, transfers and other programs to acquire more water for Southern California. Customer rates are set by individual water providers and would likely vary depending on how much water the providers get from MWD. Water customers in Pasadena will “most likely” be affected by the MWD’s plan, said Shan Kwan, water division director for Pasadena Water and Power. The city purchases about 60 percent of its water from the MWD, Kwan said. “We don’t know to what extent yet because we are still looking into it, so we can’t provide any numbers right now,” said Kwan. “But we probably will have to take some conservation measures, and that could include a rationing plan.” Such conservation measures could include general rate hikes, as well as financial penalties for customers who do not reach conservation goals, said Kwan. But he added that the hikes may not be as steep as MWD’s 10 percent estimate. “Ten percent (from MWD) does not necessarily mean a 10 percent hike directly to our customers,” he said. Calls to officials with the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District were not returned Monday. The district wholesales imported water to cities and agencies in the central and eastern San Gabriel Valley. The MWD rate hikes will also be passed on to the 24 cities served by the Central Basin Municipal Water District, said district General Manager Art Aguilar. Those cities include Whittier, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Monterey Park and La Mirada. “I can’t envision any circumstance where it won’t be passed on,” Aguilar said. But the impact on the actual cost of water for customers in those cities will vary based on how much imported water they use, Aguilar added. And many area cities have their own local groundwater sources. “The Central Basin in general is blessed with a good amount of groundwater and relatively good natural replenishment,” said Aguilar. “Even though it is going to hurt, it won’t be as bad as it will be in other areas where they take a lot of imported water.” The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is MWD’s largest customer, but the utility is in a less dire situation at the moment because L.A. has groundwater in the San Fernando Valley and it imports water from the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierras. “The alarm bells haven’t gone off. We want to wait until February or March to see the drought (status) and the snowpack,” DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras said. However, if the dry conditions continue and supply from the Delta remains limited, the DWP will consider rationing and structuring water rates higher for people who do not limit their consumption, he said. Meanwhile, to help shore up the state’s dwindling water supply, state officials are planning to place another water bond on the ballot next year – even after voters approved $9.5 billion in bonds for water projects last year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a $9.1 billion bond, while Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, has authored a $6.8 billion proposal. One of the main differences, and a source of significant political controversy in Sacramento, is that the governor’s bond would fund dams and reservoirs in Northern California. The Senate Natural Resources and Water committee passed the Perata bond and sent it to an expected full floor vote today. But it rejected Schwarzenegger’s proposal. Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno, said he was “extremely disappointed” with the committee’s actions and vowed that the Perata plan would not get the two-thirds vote it needs to be placed on the ballot. “Last week, Assembly Republicans made it clear that we would not support any measure that is not a comprehensive plan that benefits all regions of the state,” Villines said in a written statement. “Our position has not changed and for that reason, we will be rejecting this irresponsible plan.” Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the governor, said Schwarzenegger will continue to negotiate with Perata in an effort to get some of the governor’s ideas included in the bill. Perata said he is prepared to support a signature-gathering effort to get it on the ballot if he can’t get it through the Legislature. That would likely mean the measure would not be put before voters until November 2008, rather than February. “What we have done is crafted, I think, the broadest possible bond that deals with immediate priorities,” Perata said. “It will ensure safe, clean drinking water, promote conservation while protecting our environment, the lakes, the rivers, the streams. And keep pace with the statewide water demands.” Perata said if nothing is done to expand the state’s water supply, drastic steps might have to be taken, including a moratorium on new building permits in fast-growing areas like the Inland Empire. Perata’s proposal gained wide support from a variety of local water agencies and environmental groups during the hearing. The only critics were those who said they prefer the governor’s proposal because of the dams. Environmental groups have concerns about the potential damage to ecosystems caused by new dams, while some lawmakers have also said the state should not pay a higher share for projects that previously have been funded primarily at the local level. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amid a growing water crisis across the state, officials warned Monday that they will cut water to Southern California farmers 30 percent by early next year and are drafting plans that could force residential water rationing for the first time in more than a decade. The moves come as a combination of drought, rising demand, fragile ecosystems and endangered fish has dramatically reduced the region’s water supply. Officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the agency that sells water to cities in the region – said the factors could push wholesale rates up as much as 10 percent within two years. And they predicted the trends could mean the region will lack water to meet all of Southern California’s demands about 70 percent of the time. “If we are going to be effectively short on imported water 70 percent of the time, we’re going to have to make that up through conservation and changing our lifestyle here in Southern California,” said Jeff Kightlinger, the MWD’s general manager. MWD imports water from the Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but the river is in the eighth year of a drought that has significantly reduced that supply. And a recent court ruling has significantly reduced how much water can be exported from the Delta – where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers merge – to prevent the extinction of a tiny fish that keeps getting sucked into massive water pumps. In the wake of the ruling, MWD will have to cut its supply of water from Northern California by 25percent. “That really turns our world of reliability on its head,” Kightlinger said. “People will feel this.” last_img read more

Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool: Reds heartbroken as hosts grab injury time winner

first_img Alberto Moreno rues Liverpool’s missed chances Adrian Lopez scored a late winning goal for Villarreal, handing the La Liga club the advantage in their Europa League semi-final clash against Liverpool.The on-loan Porto attacker slotted into an empty net two minutes into injury time, after a poor game in which neither side had any serious ambitions to attack.A drab first half brought few chances, and it was a sign of things to come.A right-wing cross from Adam Lallana presented Joe allen with a chance on the penalty spot, but he fired straight at Sergio Asenjo, and the majority of Liverpool’s other chances came from long-range.The hosts had the better attempts, but Mignolet was never forced into a top quality save, despite Roberto Soldado’s best efforts.The former Tottenham striker had one attempt from the right side of the penalty area which he dragged past the far post, before curling a second shot just around the right-hand upright.It was a half which promised much, but failed to deliver, and Jurgen Klopp brought on Jordon Ibe for Philippe Coutinho at half-time to liven up the Reds’ attack.However, Villarreal had the best early chances.Cédric Bakambu flashed a powerful header off the outside of the post and Mario powered over from a wide angle, before the visitors managed a realistic attempt.From the right side of the box, Firmino’s low strike was pushed onto the near post by Asenjo, who was alert and up to the challenge despite having little to do for much of the game.Both teams appeared content to play for the draw, and it wasn’t until the final minutes that the game livened up.Bakambu broke through the centre and drew a fine diving same from Mignolet, and from the resulting corner, Liverpool counter attacker.Alberto Moreno charged down the left wing into the box, but he shot wildly high and wide, and the miss came back to haunt the Reds just moments later.Heading into injury time, Denis Suarez broke the high line that Liverpool were playing, breaking quickly into the box.Rather than taking the shot himself, Suarez squared the ball to Lopez, who tapped into the empty net from close range.It was the deciding goal, and hands Villarreal a small advantage heading into the second leg at Anfield next week.Elsewhere, Sevilla secured a 2-2 in the Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk, as they look to win their third straight Europa League title. 1last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th JANUARYNEW AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMES:The Family Resource Centre is pleased to announce that its afterschool programme is now being extended to include several new activities. On Mondays Computer Clubs will take place for 3rd & 4th classes from 3-4pm and for 5th & 6th classes from 4-5pm (places are limited). A Homework Support Group will meet on Wednesdays from 5.30-6.30pm for 1st-6th classes and if you feel your young person would benefit from being supported in doing homework in a peaceful environment please contact any of the Youth Team on 074 9145796 as places are limited to ensure that each young person attending receives adequate support. The Youth Team are Robert, Diane, Melissa, Charlotte and Colin. In the coming weeks a Young Women’s Group and a Young Men’s Group will be established for 12-15 year olds with the Young Women’s Group taking place on Monday evenings from 5.30-7.00pm and the Young Men’s Group on Thursdays from 5.30-7.00pm. Follow us on facebook for more information on these over the coming weeksFriday nights see the return of the Movie Nite and Discos for primary school children aged 6-12 years. A tuck shop will be provided. The first Movie Nite will be held on Friday 25th January from 7.00-8.30pm with the first Disco taking place on Friday 1st February from 7.00-9.00pm. Parents/guardians are very welcome to come along to help supervise. WOMENS GROUPThe Women’s Group will resume on Monday 8th January at 8pm and thereafter every monday fortnight. The women’s group is a great opportunity for local women to get together and discuss issues that are important to them. The Women’s Group is also a great way to express or discuss any new ideas or courses that women would like to get involved in. New members are always welcome.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meet every Wednesday morning at 10.30am –12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it be an aunt / uncle/ childminder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.DOG FOULINGThank you to all responsible dog owners who do clean up after their dogs in Raphoe. Sadly not all owners are cleaning up after their dogs. We all know that Dog Mess is dirty, unpleasant; a potential risk to health and quite rightly it concerns most of us wherever we live. In recent times this problem seems to have increased all around the town and on popular walking routes such as the racecourse and Strabane and Derry Road areas. All owners of Dogs are responsible for the cleaning up any mess left by their animals. Dogs fouling on footpaths, at or near schools, playing fields and other areas where children or the general public are can cause a severe health risk. Always clean up after your dog. It is simply no longer socially acceptable to allow your dog to foul public spaces.Poop-scoop Always carry your poop-scoop or a suitable bag with you and always clean up after your dog. This is your responsibility towards your fellow citizens, and stops dogs (and their owners) getting a bad reputation. The Law.Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 makes it an offence for the person in charge of a dog not to clean up when their dog fouls in a public place. Please act responsibly – clean up after your dog and dispose of the dirt in a suitable sanitary manner; use a paper bag. Dog dirt is a health hazard and some day your child might be affected by someone else’s failure to ‘do the right thing’. Failure to clean up your dog’s waste can lead to a €150 euro “on-the-spot” fine or on summary conviction to a fine of up to €3,000 euro.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBEveryone at the Raphoe Boxing Club would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to local man former man Irish International boxer Eamon Coyle who will inducted onto Donegal’s Elite Sports-stars Hall of Fame at the Annual Donegal Sport Star Awards on Friday 25th January in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny. Eamon boxed for the Leeterkenny Club during a very distinguished career that saw him won the National Senior Superheavy-weight championship title in 1982 and he was also Ulster Senior Champion on two occasions and boxed for Ireland at the International level on many occasion. Indeed a great honour for the gentle giant. Well done Eamon from everyone at the local boxing club. Congratulations goes to everyone at the Raphoe Hockey Club who lifted the Linden Cup for the first time in their history when they defeated Bangor at Deramore Park on New Year’s Day. Well done from all Raphoe Boxing club.Congratulations goes to Chloe and Sam Magee on their recent badminton success in Turkey.The Raphoe boxing club will stage its annual major boxing tournament in the Cathedral Hall Raphoe on Friday 15th March when highly rated Raphoe team will host to “The Ulster All-Stars” and coach and match-maker Gary Mc Cullagh hopes to 14 quality contests down for decision on the night.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more